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Blog entry by YorkshireStewart posted 03-19-2008 11:59 PM 2295 reads 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The “Car Boot Sale” season will soon be upon us here. Although ‘Car Boot’ translates in some parts of the world to ‘trunk’, I’m not sure that Auto Trunk Sale means anything! Let’s say flea market.

The three antique planes shown here were my last really exciting find, although I’ve since had my share of sash cramps and other bits and pieces. They were on the grass in the dog target area, which was a good sign, and they had a decent coating of dust and surface rust. After an (outwardly half hearted) examination, I asked the price.
“£12.00 any good?”
“What about all three?”
“Yes, £12.00 for all three” What’s that- $US24.00?

I didn’t even insult him with a lower bid! Unusual nowadays that the specialist dealers hadn’t got there as the traders unloaded.

It wasn’t until I got home that I realised exactly what they were. I show them here after some light cleaning and a lashing of linseed oil.


This is a Badger Plane, believed by some to have been named after a C19 Londen Planemaker, Charles Badger. It’s a cross between a panel-raising plane and a panel plane. At first I’d thought it was just a bench plane until I noticed that the cutting iron is skewed and emerges at the side of the stock. Thus it can be used right into the corner of a rabbet. The iron, at least is by Mathieson.


The second one is a ’moving fillister’ - a rabbet plane with an adjustable fence. This appears to be quite a nice model. The undersole is adjusted by screws running in brass-lined slots & this one has three whereas I think two is more commonplace. The depth stop is adjusted by the brass thumbscrew at the top. Notice that the iron is preceded by a scriber that scores the edge of the rabbet.


Third one is a compass plane, i.e. it has a convex sole. The brass thumbscrew causes a steel insert in the toe of the plane to rise and fall. That seems to provide a little adjustment to the curvature that can be planed.


The next time (I live in hope), I’ll produce some ‘before’ pictures.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 03-20-2008 12:01 AM

have you pinched yourself to make sure you weren’t dreaming?
Great find!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 03-20-2008 12:04 AM

I enjoy that sort of dream Debbie. This season I’m dreaming of a #1 Stanley plane for $10.00!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#3 posted 03-20-2008 12:17 AM

wow that is a nice find. i wish they had good things like that in big cities. where i live there are almost no flea markets and they best tools you can get in stores are pretty bad too. well nice find and i hope you enjoy it.

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#4 posted 03-20-2008 12:20 AM

I like those alot !! Excellent find.

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#5 posted 03-20-2008 01:23 AM

very nice.i think i’ll go check my flea market this weekend.

-- eric post, tallahassee FL

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#6 posted 03-20-2008 01:28 AM

Nifty, nifty, Stewart.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 03-20-2008 02:11 AM

Very nice find Stewart. I really enjoy seeing these bargains.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 03-20-2008 02:55 AM

Some people have all the luck! Great find.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 03-20-2008 03:38 AM

Those are a great looking find. Good luck on the #1 too. That would really be a find.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#10 posted 03-20-2008 04:00 AM

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?” Even Robert Browning might have been more prudent then to wish for a #1 at 10£, let along 10 USD. But who am I to burst your bubble, Stewart. It appears that you have achieved a superlative bargain. What’s next, a Spiers infill for a quid?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#11 posted 03-20-2008 04:21 AM

Great find! I love that little compass plane.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 03-20-2008 07:45 AM

Stewart you are a lucky man. Can’t find deals like that at the big flea markets anymore. But if you hit the smaller yard sales you can find some treasures at price you can afford. They look really nice.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#13 posted 03-20-2008 11:22 AM

Wow, great catch Stewart. They don’t look like they have been abused at all.

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#14 posted 03-20-2008 02:02 PM

Great find, Stewart! You were in the right place at the right time. Those are some beautiful planes.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#15 posted 03-20-2008 07:41 PM

GREAT FIND!!!! Waiting for the flea markets to open here in Illinois…....

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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